If you have a baby, you know it can sometimes be hard to determine what their crying means. They use crying to communicate when they are hungry, tired, need a diaper change, or just want to be held. While this is normal behavior, some babies cry for a very long time and are inconsolable, which is a sign they may be suffering from colic. In addition to crying, a baby with colic may flex their legs, tense their abs, and clench their fists during crying fits; these crying fits can last hours and often can’t be alleviated with any normal solutions. Most colic kicks in around three weeks and ends around three months, but this can vary from baby to baby. If you are seeking relief for your baby’s colic, seeing a Johnson City chiropractor may offer the help you are looking for.

What Helps Colic?

Colic doesn’t have a known cause, making it difficult to treat and identify. Many doctors recommend specific positions, diets, or medications to help alleviate symptoms, but their results will differ from baby to baby. However, chiropractic care can be a great option to bring relief to your baby. The light pressure of an adjustment can reduce stiffness and locked joints caused by colic, and overall health may improve from the elimination of any spinal misalignments. Because chiropractic care addresses the central nervous system, which controls all other systems in your baby’s body, its proper functioning can improve many ailments. Many believe that colic is related to intestinal or stomach issues, which chiropractic care can improve. A gentle adjustment at Integral Chiropractic in Johnson City may provide relief for your baby and yourself.

Chiropractic Care for Colic

In multiple studies, it has been shown that colic is improved with the introduction of chiropractic care. One study follows two groups of babies with colic, one receiving chiropractic care and the other not. The babies who received chiropractic care were twice as likely to cry less during the day and to sleep better at night. Not only did they have fewer symptoms of colic, but the benefits carried into their toddler stages as well, where they slept better and had fewer temper tantrums. Another study showed that out of 104 colicky babies, those who underwent chiropractic adjustments experienced decreased crying during the daytime. Many mothers report instant relief after a chiropractic adjustment, where their usually inconsolable baby will lie peacefully in their arms.

While some parents are hesitant to bring their child to a chiropractor, the specific and gentle adjustments are incredibly safe and effective for infants. Dr. Micheal Bryan and the team at Integral Chiropractic are extremely gentle in their approach with young practice members, focusing on light pressure and gentle impulses to the baby’s spine. Adjustments in infants are aimed at restoring motion to stiff joints and improving overall health in your child.

If your child seems to be colicky, make an appointment today with Dr. Micheal to begin alleviating the symptoms. Integral Chiropractic serves Johnson City, Kingsport, Jonesborough, and Greenville, TN.

 

 

Sources

Miller, J.E., Phillips, H.L. “Long-term Effects of Infant Colic: A Survey Comparison of Chiropractic Treatment and Nontreatment Groups.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2009 Oct; 32(8): 635-8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19836599.

Miller, J.E., Newell, D., Bolton, J.E. “Efficacy of Chiropractic Manual Therapy on Infant Colic: A Pragmatic Single-Blind, Randomized Controlled Trial.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2012 Oct; 35(8): 600-607. https://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(12)00161-3/abstract?code=ymmt-site.

Allergies are the most common health issue for children in the United States, with around 40% of children suffering from symptoms. Overall, about 50 million Americans today suffer from allergies and allergic diseases, with this number rising steadily. While some view allergies as nothing but a mild inconvenience, they can have a severe impact on quality of life and have a variety of presentations. The most recognizable is Hay Fever, which typically displays as itchy and watery eyes, a sore throat, sneezing, and coughing. When you take into account food allergies, there are even more ways that allergies can have an effect on daily life. Since allergies have no cure, only preventative measures and treating symptoms are available as options for those with allergies. Rather than relying on medication, many find that being under chiropractic care with Dr. Micheal Bryan is a safe and effective way to manage symptoms and eliminate troubles with allergies.

What Is an Allergy?

Simply put, an allergy is the body’s hypersensitive reaction to a substance or stimulus. Your body views the allergen as a threat and attempts to combat the threat by manifesting symptoms. This is actually your immune system producing an antibody called immunoglobin E (IgE) when confronted with the stimulant. Depending on what triggers the allergy, the body’s reaction will differ, ranging from mild to life threatening depending on the severity and the type of exposure. There is no widely known root cause of allergies, though various factors like stress and anxiety have been shown to play a role in not only causing allergies, but prolonging their effects. While symptoms are most often noticed in children, allergies can affect people of any age and can vary greatly in severity. Most people manage these symptoms with medications, sprays, or creams as needed, but there are more natural methods that can be more effective with fewer side effects.

Chiropractic Care and Allergies

The central nervous system and the immune system are tightly linked to one another, meaning that an issue in one is likely to affect the other. This means that a misalignment in the spine can cause not only dysfunction in nerve communication, but can also negatively affect the immune system as well. If the immune system is compromised in this way, it may lead to more allergies and food sensitivities.

By focusing on the link between the immune and central nervous systems, chiropractic care has been shown to reduce the severity of allergy symptoms. By carefully assessing and adjusting the spine, a Johnson City chiropractor can alleviate any misalignments that may be causing issues that weaken the immune system.  Case studies indicate that this is effective, particularly in pediatric chiropractic settings. One study showed that one young boy saw a reduction in symptoms within two weeks and they were nearly eliminated after a month.

At Integral Chiropractic, the focus is on your overall health. Dr. Micheal Bryan will work to address any spinal misalignments present, which can lead to a reduction in allergy symptoms. Serving Johnson City, Kingsport, Jonesborough, and Greeneville, Integral Chiropractic looks forward to your first visit and helping to improve your allergies.

 

 

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Alcantara, J. and Van Roo, L., 2008. The chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with asthma, allergies, and chronic colds. European Journal of Integrative Medicine1, p.12. http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/chiropractic-care-of-a-pediatric-patient-with-asthma-allergies-chronic-colds-a-vertebral-subluxation.html.

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Allergy Facts. http://acaai.org/news/facts-statistics/allergies

Jamison, J., 1999. Stress: the chiropractic patients’ self-perceptions. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics22(6), pp.395-398. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10478772.

Takeda, Y., Arai, S. “Relationship between Vertebral Deformities and Allergic Diseases.” The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery. 2003 Volume 2 Number 1. http://ispub.com/IJOS/2/1/8061.

Nearly 10% of the United States population is suffering from diabetes, and another one-third of the population has been diagnosed with prediabetes. Particularly when taking these numbers into account, diabetes is a very serious health issue and can be debilitating to those living with the disease. There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 is caused by a natural lack of insulin and Type 2 is caused by a poor reaction to insulin. In both cases, however, diabetes is ultimately about high blood sugar levels that can result in chronic and acute health problems. For most people, treating diabetes involves monitoring their nutrition and exercise levels, as well as taking medication and doing insulin injections. Since there is no cure, managing diabetes can be an overwhelming and expensive burden. You may be surprised to learn that a Johnson City chiropractor can offer safe and natural chiropractic care that can lead to a better quality of life for diabetics and can sometimes even help individuals to get rid of diabetes completely.

Preventing Diabetes

While Type 1 diabetes often begins due to genetic factors, Type 2 can be directly caused by particular behaviors. The most significant risk factors for Type 2, which is more common, include being inactive and being overweight. By eating a healthy diet and maintaining an active lifestyle, you can prevent diabetes and encourage the same in others. The goal of these actions is to improve optimal functioning of your body, including things like the metabolic and digestive systems, which can also be improved under the care of Dr. Micheal Bryan and regular chiropractic adjustments. Diabetes can lead to other health issues, particularly in the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and feet, and seeking preventative care for diabetes can also be a first step toward preventing these related ailments.

Improving Diabetes Outcomes

Because diabetes is tied to overall health, chiropractic care can have a positive effect on the disease in many ways. A 2011 study showed that in a child with Type 1 diabetes, regular chiropractic care led to a decrease in unhealthy blood sugar levels. Similar results were shown in a study of a 46-year-old whose diabetes and associated chronic pain were improved with chiropractic care. While diabetics will likely still rely on medication for insulin regulation, the safe and natural care of a chiropractor can often alleviate related symptoms that require additional medications. In some instances, however, positive lifestyle changes paired with chiropractic can actually reverse diabetes and eliminate it from the list of health concerns. Chiropractic care is about wellness, but it also helps the body function better and regulate processes more effectively. Additionally, focusing on the seventh thoracic vertebra, also known as T7, can have a direct effect on diabetes, as the vertebra connects directly to the pancreas. Even a small misalignment here can have major effects on the body, but a chiropractic adjustment can help significantly.

Whether you are trying to prevent diabetes, address prediabetes, or manage Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, scheduling an appointment with Dr. Micheal Bryan at Integral Chiropractic is the first step toward better health.

 

Sources

Sudano, N., Robinson-Leblanc, D. “Improved A1C Levels in a Patient with Insulin-Dependent Type 1 Diabetes Undergoing Chiropractic Care: A Case Report.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health, 2011; 4: 120-124. https://chiropracticpediatrics.sharepoint.com/Pages/2011_1087_diabetes.aspx.

Valli, J. “Chiropractic Management of a 46-Year-Old Type 1 Diabetic Patient with Upper Crossed Syndrome and Adhesive Capsulitis.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2004 Fall; 3(4): 138-144. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2647023/.

Today, high blood pressure is an extremely common ailment with about 70 million Americans reporting that they suffer from hypertension—that’s 1 out of every 3 people. Each year, almost half a million deaths are directly linked to high blood pressure, with the issue also being a factor in many other conditions, such as strokes and heart disease. Behaviors such as poor diet and lack of exercise often contribute to the problem. Keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level can be a matter of life or death, and in Johnson City, Tennessee, Integral Chiropractic and Dr. Micheal Bryan can help you address any concerns with hypertension.

What Is Blood Pressure?

Simply put, blood pressure is the force that pushes blood against the walls of the blood vessels. In order for your organs to function properly, your circulatory system requires oxygenated blood to flow. This can be measured by blood pressure, which is split into a systolic and a diastolic number, with the average being 120 (systolic) over 80 (diastolic.) The systolic number represents the force used when the heart pumps blood, and the diastolic number is the force exerted by the heart when resting between beats. Left unchecked, high blood pressure can lead to tears in artery walls, buildup of plaque from cholesterol, and exacerbated hypertension over time. It can also lead to stroke, heart attacks, and many other serious health issues.

Managing Hypertension

In most cases, high blood pressure will be addressed using medications, including blood thinners. These methods have a low success rate, and where they do work, they can be expensive and come with undesirable side effects.  Additionally, while they may lower the symptoms of blood pressure, medications do not alleviate the underlying cause and can leave room for other related conditions to develop. For those seeking to address hypertension once and for all, a Johnson City chiropractor may offer an alternative to more traditional treatments.

How Chiropractic Can Help

Multiple studies have shown a strong correlation between high blood pressure and the atlas vertebra, which is the vertebra located at the very top of the spinal column. It is solely responsible for communication pathways that control the cardiovascular system. A misalignment of the spine can lead to arteries contracting, leading to blood flow at the base of the skull that push blood vessel walls forcefully, and therefore causing high blood pressure.  An adjustment by Dr. Micheal Bryan can remove misalignments and reinstate proper blood flow.

A 2007 case study from the University of Chicago looked at 50 people with high blood pressure and, over the course of 8 weeks, gave some individuals real chiropractic adjustments and others placebo adjustments. Those receiving true adjustments were able to lower their blood pressure so significantly that doctors concluded it would take two medications to see the same results.

If you are suffering from hypertension, chiropractic care is a proven method to help. Contact Dr. Micheal Bryan at Integral Chiropractic today to schedule a consultation.

 

Sources

Bakris, G.L., Dickholtz, M., Meyer, P., Kravitz, G., Avery, E., Miller, M. Brown, J. Woodfield, C., Bell, B.M. “Atlas Vertebra Realignment and Achievement of Arterial Pressure Goal in Hypertensive Patients: A Pilot Study.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2007 Oct: 1-9. http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRACTS/Atlas_Vertebra_Realignment.shtml.

DeNoon, D.J. “Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure.” WebMD. 2007
Mar. https://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20070316/chiropractic-cuts-blood-pressure#1.

Headaches are an everyday reality and frustration in the lives of many adults. Headaches can range from mild and brought on by specific circumstances to severe migraines, which take an individual completely out of commission due to the pain they cause. Most chiropractic practice members are at least vaguely aware that their chiropractor can offer solutions to problems like headaches, but they don’t know the extent of the pain that can be alleviated through chiropractic adjustments.

Common Types of Headaches 

There are several different types of headaches with a variety of causes and types of pain. The most common type of headache is the tension headache. These are headaches brought on by normal life conditions such as trouble sleeping, elevated stress levels, not drinking enough water, and even spinal misalignments.

A sinus headache is brought on by a buildup of sinus pressure in the area behind the face. This pressure causes a throbbing pain and typically goes away when the sinus issues have subsided. Chiropractic adjustments are a great way to relieve sinus pressure and sinus headaches.

Cluster headaches stem from the nerves in the head and face. When they become inflamed or pinched, the entire head can feel a sensation of pain. Chiropractors are experienced in helping to heal nerve pain, so they can often provide notable relief to cluster headache sufferers.

Migraines are severe forms of headaches. They come with all the traditional signs of headaches, but with the additional debilitating symptoms of blurry vision, vomiting, disorientation, and sensitivity to light or noise. Most individuals take medication to address these types of headaches, but chiropractic care can actually be far more effective both short-term and long-term when dealing with migraines.

Chiropractic Adjustments Can Provide Meaningful Relief

Dr. Micheal Bryan is a Johnson City chiropractor who can provide results in your efforts to reduce your headache symptoms and pain. Painful headaches are generally looked at by those who suffer from them as inconvenient inevitabilities that will always plague otherwise healthy adults from time to time. With this mindset so prevalent among adults, it is little wonder that most fail to find relief from their headaches and just resign themselves to deal with them. When a chiropractor such as Dr. Micheal Bryan of Integral Chiropractic gets involved, he adjusts the spine in order to bring about spinal alignment. When the spine is properly aligned, the central nervous system is able to communicate properly and send signals as it is meant to, meaning the body functions more optimally. When the spine is properly aligned and the central nervous system is working as it should, problems like headaches become incredibly rare and far less severe than when spinal misalignments are present.

Take Steps to Reduce Your Headache Pain Today

Headache prevalence often relates to stress experienced by the individual, consider reducing areas of stress in your day-to-day life. If you or someone you love suffers from headaches on a regular basis, contact Johnson City chiropractor Dr. Micheal Bryan at Integral Chiropractic to schedule your appointment today! Integral Chiropractic serves the greater Johnson City, Greeneville, Jonesborough, and Kingsport, TN areas. Our team will be happy to help you begin the path to a life free from the stress of chronic headaches.

 

Sources

Berner, N., DeMaria, C. “Improvement of Migraines in a Child Following Cervical Curve Correction Using the Pierce Results System.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, 2013 June: 47-53.https://www.vertebralsubluxationresearch.com/2017/09/10/improvement-of-migraines-in-a-child-following-cervical-curve-correction-using-the-pierce-results-system/

“Headaches and Chiropractic.” American Chiropractic Association. https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Headaches-and-Chiropractic

Kelly, D.D., Hold, K. “Resolution of Vertigo, Migraines and Neck Pain in a 12-Year-Old Boy Receiving Chiropractic Care – A Case Study.” Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, and Family Health, 2010 Sept: 150-153. https://www.vertebralsubluxationresearch.com/2017/09/11/resolution-of-vertigo-migraines-and-neck-pain-in-a-12-year-old-receiving-chiropractic-care-a-case-study/

If you’re a parent, you’ve likely experienced the common but unpleasant phenomenon of an ear infection. Typically found in children six and under, ear infections can be a normal childhood ailment, but they can also lead to complications and, in some cases, surgery. Antibiotics are often prescribed to aid recovery, and while efficient and effective, they can also cause harmful side effects. Each year, 500,000 children have a surgery to implant tubes in their ears due to chronic ear infections, but they rarely eliminate the problem altogether.  If your child is exhibiting symptoms of an ear infection or continually suffering from them, chiropractic care is a proven way to address these concerns without the same dangers as many other treatment options.

What Is an Ear Infection?

An ear infection occurs when the Eustachian tubes are blocked, cutting off the connection between the back of the throat and the middle ear. As we age, these tubes tilt and become less likely to clog, but a child’s Eustachian tubes are parallel to the ground, making them particularly susceptible to poor drainage.

A backup of fluid can cause bacterial growth and result in a bacterial ear infection. In this case, doctors may prescribe an antibiotic to get rid of the infection. However, sometimes the ear infection is viral, in which case it cannot be treated with antibiotics. Doctors may give pain medication to help relieve the discomfort of the infection, but the viral infection simply must resolve itself on its own.

For both types of ear infections, chiropractic care can lead to long-term relief for your child. The very top bone in the spine is known as the Atlas bone. When out of alignment, this bone can directly impact the Eustachian tubes and cause a fluid backup. A proper adjustment can lead to fluid draining quickly and provide long-term relief of symptoms and chronic ear infections ailing your child.

Stopping Ear Infections for Good

While medication can provide some relief, they do not address the root cause of the issue. The Eustachian tubes remain susceptible to blockages, meaning that ear infections will likely come back time and time again, creating long-lasting discomfort or the need for drastic measure such as surgery. Chiropractic care addresses the vertebrae that surround Eustachian tubes, adjusting them to allow fluid to drain properly. Studies indicate that by performing a gentle adjustment, chiropractic care can align the spine in such a way that ear infections are much less likely to occur going forward.

If your child is experiencing his first ear infection or his one hundredth, visiting a chiropractor should be one of your first considerations.

Dr. Micheal Bryan is a Johnson City chiropractor who offers a wide range of services, including spinal adjustments for children. He has been able to successfully eradicate ear infections in many pediatric practice members. You can find Dr. Bryan at Integral Chiropractic, which serves Johnson City as well as Kingsport, Jonesborough, and Greeneville, TN. Contact the office for information on pediatric chiropractic services and to find your child relief from ear infections.

 

Sources

Cohen, A. & Fedorchuk, C. “Resolution of Chronic Otitis Media, Neck Pain, Headaches & Sinus Infection in a Child Following an Increase in Cervical Curvature & Reduction of Vertebral Subluxation.” J. Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, June 2009 (1-8). https://www.vertebralsubluxationresearch.com/2009/06/17/resolution-of-chronic-otitis-media-neck-pain-headaches-sinus-infection-in-a-child-following-an-increase-in-cervical-curvature-reduction-of-vertebral-subluxation/.

Snyder, B.J. & Zhang, J.Q. “Effect of the Toftness Chiropractic Adjustments for Children with Acute Otitis Media.” J. Vertebral Subluxation Res., March 2004 (1-4). https://www.vertebralsubluxationresearch.com/2017/09/10/effect-of-the-toftness-chiropractic-adjustments-for-children-with-acute-otitis-media/.